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  1. Hi @MEB Apologies for my ignorance, but how I do I perform the reset you mentioned? On that note, how would I perform a master reset - I would obviously ensure that all of my brushes, assets, etc, are backed up?
  2. There was meant to be a new feature in 1.9 where you can hold CMD to rotate the canvas with the scroll wheel - I noticed it as an option in the "Tools" preferences too. For some reason this feature doesn't work for me at all. Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug? I'm using a Logitech MX Master 3 mouse on an iMac.
  3. To my knowledge that option is not available in Affinity for Mac.
  4. Just to clarify, the further I zoom out the worse it gets - the same as you. If I'm zoomed at 100% it's noticeable, but somewhat manageable, at 50% I can't get any clean strokes without the jaggedness. I tend to work on illustrations at fairly large scales (like poster artwork, or t-shirt designs), so it's impossible for me to work at 100% zoom at all times because I would be far too zoomed in to see what I'm doing. I would say the trackpad probably works in the same general way as a tablet - it's a surface that is used and translated into cursor behaviour, rather than a sensor (like a mouse). It's almost ironic, as there's a much greater need for precision and accuracy when using a tablet for detailed work than for a mouse, but the tablet is where the problem is.
  5. This seems to be an ongoing issue and I'm searching everywhere for a fix - it pops up on every other Affinity update. On my side this jagged line bug is only being produced with Affinity, where my XP-Pen pen/tablet works perfectly with all other software, not matter how zoomed in/out I am. In Affinity it's definitely worsened when I'm zoomed out, but I also can't work at 100%+ at all times. I'm not sure if there's an aspect of the software that's fighting the accuracy of the pen input or perhaps an unnoticed bug/error with how Affinity reads tablet pen input (it doesn't show at all with a mouse), but it's really wreaking havoc with my client work. I've had to switch to inking my work in Clip Studio for the time being, but it would be nice to see an overhaul fix so that it doesn't keep popping up.
  6. An oddly specific bug I just discovered in Photo - unsure of whether this shows up in Designer too. While sketching out an ornate frame design, I used the symmetry tool with a brush, and everything proceeded as usual. I then used Shift to create a straight line and noticed that the stroke automatically coloured certain parts red - screenshot attached. I tried a few different brushes and ended up with the same result (as you can see), but only when using my tablet pen/stylus - this didn't happen when clicking with the mouse and holding Shift. The layers I worked on didn't have any FX applied, and red was not a colour I had selected (my foreground and background colours were black and white). I've done a quick screen recording for reference: https://youtu.be/blPZMQsAhNQ It's not embedded as a glitch into the document/file though, as I can easily use a "Colour Overlay" effect to change it back to black.
  7. Nog a biggie, but when I export a PSD file from Affinity Photo the blending mode of groups all become set to "Normal" instead of "Passthrough" as I originally had it/intended it to be. I tried to reopen the exported PSD in Photo, change all the groups to "Passthrough" again, saved/exported, and they all reverted back to "Normal" again.
  8. Not a biggie, but a slight annoyance. My Freehand Selection Tool cursor icon keeps getting stuck on either the "View Tool" or "Move Tool" icons. Sometimes it starts with the usual Freehand Slection icon, but if I switch between tools the icon doesn't change back. I can still make selections as usual, but since the View Tool icon (hand) is quite bulky it can be quite tricky to make accurate selections as I can't see exactly which point the cursor is selecting from. Photo attached for reference.
  9. It would be great to have an auto-merge/unite feature for the Pencil Tool in Designer. Working in vector can often result in hundreds (or even thousands) of layers and potentially unnecessary individual curves, so being able to have them automatically merge as you draw would be an incredible time-saving and workflow-streamlining feature. I think that having an option (ideally placed in the Context Toolbar for the Pencil Tool) to "Auto-Merge" as you draw would be great. A good example of this would be Adobe Illustrator's Blob Brush Tool, where the strokes are automatically expanded and and merged with other strokes that have the same style/fill. Obviously Designer's Brush Tool isn't purely vector (i.e. the brushes are often based on raster textures and can't be expanded/outlined), so i think the Pencil Tool would be the perfect candidate for something like this. This would give vector illustrators, who like to draw by hand, an option to keep their layer stack tidy - almost as if they were drawing on a raster layer. I've also had to send simplified files to clients for screen printing, and trying to manually find, select, and unite a thousand+ vector curves is not a fun time for any user (or their computer) - I've actually had Designer freeze and crash on me a few times while attempting this due to the volume of layers I was trying to merge. It would be much more efficient to have the option to do this from the get-go.
  10. @Gabe Thanks a mill! Hopefully my little diagram/example wasn't too confusing. Just to add to this, I'm sure you've probably noticed this too, a lot of people on the forums, elsewhere online, and even in real life, have mentioned that Affinity's brushes don't 'feel' as accurate, smooth, and buttery as some of the other desktop drawing apps like Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint. A lot of other illustrators and digital artists I know have actually pointed this out as one of the primary reasons why they don't use Affinity for desktop for their work and still stick to Adobe. I have a pretty good hunch that the root of those issues lie with this same problem. It's been noticeable from the day I started using Affinity, I suppose I've just gotten used to it. It seems to have improved slightly with updates, but is not fixed altogether. I truly believe that figuring this out, and fixing the reason why this is happening, will make Affinity app's a lot more appealing to a much wider audience and a lot more competitive in the marketplace. To affirm this, Clip Studio Paint's perfectly precise/accurate and buttery smooth brushes are one of their main selling points and a lot of people use it over Photoshop for that exact reason.
  11. Hi @Gabe I've gone ahead and uploaded a screen recording - apologies for the bad audio: It's difficult to explain exactly what this bug is doing, but, as I mentioned, it seems as if Affinity is lowering the canvas resolution when I zoom out. Almost as if the screen pixels are not zooming out along with the canvas, so even though my canvas might be at 10%, the app is registering the tablet input as if it was still zoomed to 100%. I've attached another screenshot below which might help explain what I mean a bit better.
  12. Potential compatibility issues with the latest XP-Pen driver and Affinity apps (just posting in the Photo forum as this is where I noticed it first). After installing the latest update I've noticed that the strokes I make using the brush tool (or any tool for that matter) result in jagged lines - attached a screenshot below. The further I zoom out of my canvas the worse it gets, almost as if the lines start snapping to an invisible 90 and 45 degree grid, or as if the resolution decreases the more I zoom out. I'm using a late-2015 iMac running macOS Big Sur Version 11.1, and the tablet I'm using is the XP-Pen Artist 22R Pro. I would have assumed this was an XP-Pen issue, however, the tablet seems to be working perfectly in other apps. I've brought this same issue up in the past, it was then resolved in an Affinity update, but now it seems to be back with a vengeance - really hoping there's a fix in 1.9! Here are the previous posts I'm referring to: 1. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/85155-by-design-aliasing-issue/ 2. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/93763-whole-pixels/
  13. In addition to everything that's already been said, I really think making this process as simple and painless as possible would be key to its success. A simple option under "File" for "Record Timelapse" (check Clip Studio Paint for reference) would be perfect, then the app can do the rest and the user can focus on their work. This will eliminate having to journey through the app from Preferences to set the undo limit, and then to the history tab, etc - it can get very confusing for new (and existing) users for a feature that should be quite straight forward. To comment on @Frozen Death Knight's post, I think the best solution might be to include a timeline scrubber in the timelapse export window which can show you a little low-res preview prior to exporting, and allow you to set the beginning and end time of the exported video - much like changing the length of a video when editing on iPhone - simple, yet effective (example attached). I would also add that maybe adding the 'video length' to the timelapse export panel would be helpful. Setting the milliseconds is great and all, but there are instances when you need to ensure that the timelapse would fit a certain length for posting online - as an example, Instagram reels can only take 30 second videos and it would be great to see how long the video would be prior to export and then the user can adjust the milliseconds accordingly.
  14. Awesome, that's great news! I haven't experienced any notable performance issues as of yet. I just assumed that if I were to, say, max out my undo limit at 8192 in an attempt to capture the entire process timelapse without any override information, that it would cause a bit of lag or slow performance later down the line - maybe due to the ever-increasing file size. I will keep on experimenting on my side and let you know if I hit any major bumps along the way.
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